A Note from the Executive Director
April of 2021 in New Mexico is likely to be an historical one. Many of our children will re-enter schools for the first time in more than a year. It also is slated to be the month during which more than 50% of the state's residents have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. It will bring us new freedoms and new challenges, particularly in the school-based health care field. As such, NMASBHC would ask you to reach out to us if we can be of service, and we ask you to read on to learn about new opportunities coming soon to connect with colleagues to address the challenges.

On April 30th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, NMASBHC will partner with Apex Evaluation and NMDOH-OSAH to host a Zoom convening of the state's SBHCs. We hope to provide a space for sharing challenges of school re-entry and learning from colleagues about possible best practices. We hope you'll send someone from every SBHC team to participate.

NMASBHC also is working with partners at UNM's Project ECHO to build a new community of practice and professional development for New Mexico's SBHCs. Please watch for and participate in a field survey coming to all SBHCs next week to help us guide the content; Project ECHO is known around the world for its excellence, and we're pleased to bring their expertise to the SBHC field in our own state. Prizes for survey participation will be offered!

We hope these opportunities will help school-based health centers continue their critical support of New Mexico's children during these historic transitions.
Wishing you a safe and healthy reentry to in-person schooling in New Mexico!

Nancy Rodriguez,
Project ECHO SBHC Series
NMASBHC has been busy collaborating with UNM Project ECHO, OSAH and other partners to plan an upcoming educational and professional development series for SBHCs in New Mexico. It is our plan that the community of practice that is created will help SBHCs thrive during the transitions that the pandemic has necessitated.

We will need your help in planning to make this opportunity productive and successful for SBHCs. Please be on the lookout for, and be sure to complete, a survey requesting input on the planning NEXT WEEK! NMASBHC will be offering a number of Amazon gift certificates for survey completion!
NMASBHC Technical Assistance

We have been working to respond to your needs by providing some resources and support surrounding Marketing & Promotion and Telehealth. Many SBHCs are making great strides and coming up with creative answers to these challenging times. We have additional resources on the NMASBHC Website and would love your feedback. Also, if you would like us to share your efforts with the field, we would love to include information about what has worked for you!

We also have been using our new Instagram page. We hope you were able to see the recent images and messages. Make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.
SBHA Spring & Summer Sessions
The School-Based Health Alliance presents the 2021 Spring and Summer Education Series for School-Based Health Care Professionals, starting March 16, 2021, and running through August 31, 2021. SBHA will forego the traditional convention, and instead will offer multiple sessions and workshops virtually over the next five months, allowing for increased participation and low-cost CE opportunities.

Continuing education is made possible through the Weitzman Institute, the research, education, and innovation arm of the Community Health Center, Inc. The 2021 Spring and Summer Education Series will have up to 10 credits available. For every session you attend and evaluate, you will receive a credit. If you attend all 10 sessions and complete your evaluation, you will get 10 credits. If you do not need professional CEs, you may opt to receive a certificate of completion for the session(s) you attend and evaluate. The Series has a one-time fee of $50.00 for 1-10 CE or certificate of completion. There is no prorated rate for less than 10 sessions.

In support of improving patient care, this activity was planned and implemented by the School-Based Health Alliance and Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute and is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Additional CE credits are available for dentists, physician assistants, psychologists, and social workers.

2021 Spring and Summer Series Dates and Topics:
Session #1: March 16 - Listen and Learn
Session #2: March 30 - Listen and Learn: Mental Health
Session #3: April 7 - Trauma Informed Care
Session #4: April 21 - Mental Health 
Session #5: May 5 - Innovative Assessment and Clinical Care in Telehealth
Session #6: May 19 - Outreach, Engagement, & Resource Connection Strategies
Session #7: June 16 - Reaching More Students Better: QI in Telehealth
Session #8: June 30 - Telehealth PlayBook 
Session #9: July 21 - Child Trends Reproductive Health
Session #10: August 4 - Reaching and Treating Diverse Patient Populations (tentative title)

All sessions are 60 minutes from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT.

SBHA "Be the Change" Youth Training
SBHA just announced the Save the Date for the next "Be the Change " Youth Training Program on July 26-29, 2021.

Check out the latest SBHA Youth Development Digest for upcoming webinars and trainings.
SBHC Sponsor Corner
SBHC Spring Convening
You're Invited!
SBHC Spring Convening
April 30, 2021 from 11 AM - 1 PM via Zoom
Join NMASBHC, NMDOH, Apex and the rest of the state's SBHCs to share challenges and best practices related to school re-entry and learn more about upcoming opportunities in the field. All SBHCs are invited to attend.
OSAH 2019-20 Annual Report Now Available!
The NMDOH-OSAH Annual Report for 2019-20 school year has been published and is now available at https://www.nmasbhc.org/tools-resources/sbhc-data/. This overview document shares data and overview information for state and community leaders about the critical services being provided at those NM SBHCs which receive funding from the state. Please be sure to read and share this important resource.

HSD/Medicaid Updates
SBHC MCO Advisory Meeting
The Quarterly SBHC MCO Advisory Meeting is coming up soon.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

We hope you will join us for this meeting. Please be on the lookout for the agenda.

For any questions, contact wilma@nmasbhc.org.
NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings for April
NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings are scheduled for:
April 21st 8:30am-4:30pm and April 22, 2021 8:30am-2:30pm

Please contact HSD at the email address below to get information about the trainings offered and to register for them if you need them. Seating is limited and space is available on a first come, first served basis. After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that will include instructions on how to join the training on its scheduled date and time. If you have any questions regarding entities qualified to participate as PEDs, the PED certification process or for more information on training sessions being scheduled for future months, please e-mail HSD.PEDeterminers@state.nm.us or call 505-476-7151.
Special Open Enrollment
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and under the direction of President Joe Biden, the healthcare Marketplace is re-opening for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).

From February 15, 2021 through May 15, 2021, New Mexicans can visit BeWell state’s health insurance exchange, to shop for health insurance plans for 2021. You can also call 1-833-862-3935 to apply or schedule your appointment here.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
LARC Virtual Trainings

The LARC Mentoring Program continues to offer virtual training options.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding in Non-Pregnant People & Contraceptive Management
Tuesday, April 13 2021 at 12 PM-1 PM (MST) (Click Here to Register!)
This webinar will discuss abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) in non pregnant people & contraceptive management, 1.0 CME offered at no cost.

Vulvar Dermatoses
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 12 PM-1 PM (MST) (Click Here to Register!)
This webinar will discuss Vulvar Dermatoses, 1.0 CME offered at no cost.
June 1, 2021 at 10 AM - 4:30 PM (MST)

Join us for an interactive virtual training to learn about best practices for provision of IUDs and implants! The training is certified for up to 5.0 CME/CE credit hours at no cost and open to all clinic staff. Click to Register.

The training is designed for health educators, counselors, clinicians, social workers and administrative staff, and we will cover topics relevant to all roles, including counseling, billing and reimbursement, as well as clinical information and patient eligibility.
Virtual IUD Practicums

If you or your team are interested in virtual IUD practicums, join us via zoom to receive hands-on, individualized training with 2.0 CME at no cost!

If you are from Albuquerque: Register at least one week ahead of time. We can set up a pick up or drop off for the materials! If you are in NM, outside Albuquerque: Register a month ahead. We can send you a box of everything you need with postage to send it back! Click to register.

Receive your materials and take the pre-survey! Let us know when you receive the materials via text or email! Join us via Zoom. Receive your one-on-one training with our clinical trainer. Take the immediate post-survey. Return the materials. We will set up another pick-up/drop off or you can send the box back with the postage provided! If you are an LMP site you get to keep everything for future practice. If you are interested in becoming a site email us!!! You will receive 2.0 CME in 2 weeks time! Take the post-survey 3 months later.
COVID-Related Articles
The following are a few articles on the impact of COVID that may be useful to your practice:
NMPED Hosts 4th Annual Virtual Town Hall Meeting to Support Young Families
April 28, 2021 (12:00-4:30) & May 5, 2021 (12:00-4:00)

The purpose of the annual Town Hall Meeting is to gather young parents and supporters from schools, state agencies, and community-based organizations across the state to celebrate the success of young parents and share inspirational stories and experiences. There will also be opportunities to identify the needs and challenges that young parents face and recommendations to address these challenges.
Please share this registration with young parents and those working with young parents. Questions regarding the upcoming Town Hall Meeting may be directed to Jessica Harper, Expectant and Parenting Youth Coordinator, at jessica.harper@state.nm.us or via phone at (505) 827-1816.
Need Eye Care Support for a Student?
NM Lions KidSight May Be Able to Help
The mission of New Mexico Lions Operation KidSight, Inc., a 501c3 organization, is to establish and maintain a sustainable program that will provide annual eye screenings and follow-up eye exams and treatment (if needed) for all young children ages 3 to 7 years in New Mexico. 

Additionally, the organization's Save Our Children's Sight fund, with funding from the Department of Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield, can provide financial assistance for students aged 3-18 years old for an eye exam and glasses if they are not covered by Medicaid or insurance.

Click HERE for brochures (English and Spanish), nurse referral instructions and forms.
BCBSNM & EVERFI Provide a Free Youth Mental Health Resource
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico will provide a resource that is available to the School-Based Health Centers, schools, and educators. With youth mental health at risk across the country, it is more important now than ever to empower our youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to build, maintain, and promote positive mental health in themselves and their peers.
Starting in 2020, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico partnered with digital learning leader EVERFI, to bring Mental Wellness Basics to schools across New Mexico. The online course is designed to help students develop concrete strategies for managing the challenges they may face, understand the impact of stigma related to mental health, while increasing their awareness of resources and empowering them with the knowledge, skills, and language necessary to identify and support a peer who may be struggling.
We encourage you to take advantage of this valuable online course – provided at no cost to your school. Like you, we believe in the power of knowledge. Together we can combat the stigma around mental health and promote positive mental wellness among the youth in our communities. Nothing matters more. We hope you will join us in this effort.

If there are any SBHCs interested in getting started, begin with the Mental Wellness Demo, and contact the local EVERFI school manager Mariana Biagioni, at mariana@everfi.com who will assist with training and implementation of the program. For more information, you may also contact Winona Gishal, Community Outreach Specialist I/Tribal Liaison at winona_gishal@bcbsnm.com.
LGBTQ+ Summit & Webinar

TQA Pride: Youth & Educator LGBTQ+ Summit is planned for June 9, 2021.

If you or your students are interested in participating in the planning of this summit, email albuquerque@chapters.glsen.org to request Planning Meeting Zoom links.
If you are interested in presenting, click HERE to submit proposals.
Project THRIVE is offering a Free Webinar: "Bisexual+ Youth: Challenging Stigma and Reducing Disparities" presented by national bi+ educator, author, and trailblazer Robyn Och. It is a free, on-demand, 1 hour webinar. She reviews new data about bi+ folks, stigma and misunderstanding, and strategies to support bi+ folks resulting from stereotypes and discrimination. Click HERE to access.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The COVID-19 vaccine is a hot topic. The following are some resources for sharing information or explaining the COVID-19 vaccine:

COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses is a new vaccine education campaign. Critical, current, and culturally sensitive COVID-19 vaccine information is available to the nation’s nurses on the frontlines of the pandemic. NASN is a partnering organization to share resources and answers to common questions.

Can I Send My Student to School is designed for school nurses to share with parents, this interactive tool, based on CDC COVID-19 guidance, will guide parents through assessing when their child should stay home from school.

How to Manage Difficult Conversations is an interactive module teaches school nurses a simple formula to use to respond effectively to challenging conversations.

NM Community Survey
The New Mexico Community Survey is an anonymous evaluation tool that collects data about substance use and mental health to inform public health prevention strategies all over the state. 

Survey participants must be at least 18 years old. Answers are completely confidential.  It takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Please participate and share this survey link with your community and networks. Promotional flyers and ads can be found HERE and can be shared on social media.

To complete the survey, use the QR code or use this link: https://tinyurl.com/NMCS2021
April Health Awareness Activities
April is STI Awareness Month
April 10 is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Month.

SBHCs are often a respected resource for youth in regards to STI/HIV information, prevention and testing.

for ideas and resources.

Find additional resources at:

New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care
www.nmasbhc.org | (505) 404-8059 | info@nmasbhc.org